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01012012 a Broken Ethics Process.short

01012012 a Broken Ethics Process.short

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Jean Schmidt's felonious acceptance of Turkish gifts underscores Congress' sham ethics process.
Jean Schmidt's felonious acceptance of Turkish gifts underscores Congress' sham ethics process.

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Published by: COAST on Jan 10, 2012
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TheCongressionalEthics process
a case study on itsineffectiveness
 
The Rules
Article I, Section 5 of the United StatesConstitution provides that "Each House [ofCongress] may determine the Rules of itsproceedings, punish its members for disorderlybehavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member." The processes for expulsion differ somewhat between the House ofRepresentatives and the Senate.
 
The rules
There are a series of rules that supposedly governthe conduct of members of Congress.
House Rules that limit the gifts that members ofCongress may accept in calendar year 2009 to $335.
Federal law (Ethics in Government Act) that requiresmembers of Congress file an annual FinancialDisclosure Form.
Requires reporting of gifts and loans received bymembers of Congress in preceding calendar year whether or not they exceed the gift limit.
The filing of a false Annual Financial Disclosure form isa felony violation of the Federal False StatementsAccountability Act.

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